Most people of Tamil Nadu feel the ban on traditional sport of Jallikattu by the Supreme Court from 2012 spearheaded by the former UPA – Congress government, foreign NGOs such as PETA and others with vested interests is unfair and totally against the sentiments of most people of the state. They are upset as the is bull is worshiped and the sport is an essential part of pongal celebrations for centuries. Despite the ban, Jallikattu was organized in 6 districts with great fanfare. In preparation, cows and bulls were washed, special pujas were performed to temple bulls. Then some of their horns were painted and decorated with colorful beads and tinkling bells, and then flowers and garlands were tied around their necks. One farmer was even quoted to have said, “ban or no ban, we will hold the event here. The authorities are free to take action against us”.
Source: Daily Pioneer
- 17 Jan 2017
AIMIM leader and MP Asaduddin Owaisi and some of his party members say they ‘won’t say Bharat Mata ki jai’. In response Javed Akhtar, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen and Anupam Kher, and others have strongly condemned his statement and said Owaisi should be exposed. If his flimsy reason is that the constitution does not require one to say that, then Javed Akhtar’s response was others such as Sherwaniand Topi are also not required per constitution – so why do you wear them?
Source: Zee News
- 17 Mar 2016
Anupam Kher, the Bollywood actor was awarded the Padma Bhushan, one of India’s highest civilian honor. He went to say thank the millions of his fans. Kher said, “it is a pity we have become a nation of criticizers rather than doers. People should join together in the celebration of my and others successes. How sad is this that instead of celebrating someone’s journey of 31 years, of hardship, of amazing brilliance shown in Indian and world cinema, people criticize them just to draw attention to themselves, I pity them.” Anupam Kher also led a “March for India” was seen as a march against the critics of the government and the award wapsi brigade.
Source: Hindustan Times
- 28 Jan 2016
Anupam Kher notes that when he was invited to debate at the Mumbai Lit Fest, he was booed by the audience when he started speaking. Also, the organizers deliberately chose a BBC moderator for my session, who did not understand Hindi. So Kher notes that my freedom and efficacy of expression was inhibited by that one choice, and in addition to the booing audience. “So freedoms can be snatched insidious and invisible ways. I have dealt with it many times, and will do so again and again and again in small and big ways. That’s life. It is not any more difficult today than in the past. And while it changes in many ways, some struggles remain perennial.”
Source: Satya Vijayi
- 16 Nov 2015